Florida is well known for a variety of theme parks that lay scattered throughout the state. Theme parks can be a fun and magical experience at any time of the year, but are even more so during the holidays! With special holiday themed events, Florida parks step up their end of year celebrations to bring the holiday spirit to life through a variety of different programming options.
The Disney parks have always been well known for their holiday offerings. From special holiday vacation packages to annual holiday events that are unique to each park, there’s much to consider when looking at the Disney parks. Magic Kingdom decks out Cinderella Castle in an icy show during select nights starting in early November. Whereas in Epcot you can find the International Festival of the Holidays that will take you on an international trip through different holiday traditions! Stories and holiday traditions from across the world appear throughout the park. Each park also features a special Christmas tree that aligns with the park’s theme, making for some magical photos.
The Universal Parks offer up a host of holiday themed events too! Islands of Adventure has the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular with a live retelling of the Grinch story while Universal Studios has a festive Holiday Parade that makes its way through the park! Both sections of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter offer a magical projection show on the Hogwarts Castle as well! If you’re looking to celebrate the holiday season with park-wide celebrations, Universal might be perfect for you!
Busch Gardens transforms into Christmas Town annually. This event is back for November 25, 2020 to January 3, 2021! Christmas Town changes the park into a festive space with lights strung all over, holiday shows, and characters from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Christmas Town has become decked out for the holiday season and special holiday treats are available in the park. Other events include entertainment in the Christmas Town Village and elsewhere throughout the park!
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is available on select dates from November 21, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Make lively holiday memories with a variety of events happening throughout the park from live shows to special holiday shopping. Shows that might be of interest include the Winter Wonderland On Ice that offers a dazzling ice skating performance or the Sea Lion High: Christmas Special, where a dose of comedy and sea lions awaits! Enjoy the various rides and animal encounters throughout the park with holiday cheer all around you! 3 million lights are on display, making sticking around after dark to get your Christmas spirit on a magical moment too!
Legoland Florida’s annual Holidays at Legoland returns for select days this year! Included in daily passes and for all tier of annual passes, this holiday event is lego-tastic! You’ll catch sight of a large Christmas tree made out of Lego’s and live shows like the “Holly Jolly Jubilee”. You’ll spot Lego Santa in the park. And a kid’s friendly New Year’s Eve event that features music and fireworks is always a favorite! With season treats and Christmas lights abound, Legoland might be the perfect park for you!
As you can see, whether you’re a Florida native or visiting for the holiday season, the theme parks that call Florida home have a wide variety of special events on offer. From holiday events that Legoland hosts to the variety of holiday events spread out across the Disney parks, you have a wide choice of holiday events to check out! Theme parks during the holidays can be a unique experience, offering plenty of memories to take home with you.